After spending four days at Macworld Expo in San Francisco, it’s time to examine what we’ve seen: Steve Jobs announced a $45 million profit for Apple, but not much else; Contributing Editor Matt Neuburg searched for removable storage systems; Adam looked for trends in this year’s show; Managing Editor Jeff Carlson’s attention was grabbed by graphics tools; and this year’s Superlatives article includes the question, "What’s with the latex body suits?"
Jobs Announces $45 Million Profit -- Although Steve Jobs's keynote address at San Francisco's Macworld Expo didn't include much of his trademark showmanship - or news on Apple's ongoing search for a new CEO - he did end the presentation with a surprise: Apple expects to post a quarterly profit of $45 million on a total revenue of $1.575 billion
Storage Wars -- Looking for a gigabyte-sized removable drive for backup or file storage? TidBITS Contributing Editor Matt Neuburg was, so we spent time at Macworld Expo comparing Iomega's Jaz (1 GB now with a 2 GB drive coming soon), SyQuest's SyJet 1.5 GB drive, and the forthcoming 2.1 GB Orb drive from newcomer Castlewood Systems
I approached this year's Macworld Expo in San Francisco with trepidation. 1997 was a tumultuous year for the Macintosh community - we saw the beginning of the end for Macintosh clones, renewed emphasis on the Macintosh platform from Microsoft, the resignation of CEO Gil Amelio and other executives, and the return of Steve Jobs to the post of Apple CEO-in-all-but-name.
The first day of the show was concerning
As has become our custom, we once again present you with the superlatives - the best, worst, and weirdest - of Macworld Expo.
Best Gotcha -- Olympus takes home the award for the best gotcha for their fake film canisters
Although the Internet has stolen most of the thunder at recent Macworld Expos, last week's show in San Francisco signaled that the graphics and desktop publishing fields are making plenty of noise in the Macintosh world.
This time around, I didn't sense that booth presenters were forcing the words Internet or Web into their amplified pitches to prove the hipness of their products